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Virginia 55, James Madison 50

(AP Photo/Erin Edgerton)

By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Kihei Clark scored 17 points, Jayden Gardner had 14 points and eight rebounds, and No. 3 Virginia beat feisty in-state rival James Madison 55-50.

The Cavaliers (8-0), who lost starting guard Reece Beekman to a right leg injury early in the first half, prevented the Dukes (7-3) from winning a second straight December game in Charlottesville. James Madison beat Virginia 52-49 last Dec. 7.

Takal Molson scored 20 points for James Madison, including a 3-pointer that tied the game at 42-all with 7:47 to play. Gardner responded for Virginia by scoring five straight points in a 9-1 run.

The Cavaliers kept the Dukes in the game by missing eight of 13 free throws over the last six minutes.

Molson made an acrobatic layup while being fouled with 1:51 left, but he missed the free throw. He scored again with 1:01 left, pulling the Dukes within 52-50, but freshman Ryan Dunn answered with a strong move on the baseline for Virginia with 35 seconds to play.

James Madison threw the ball away on its ensuing possession.

BIG PICTURE

James Madison: The Dukes came into the game shooting 52.7% but made just four of their first 19 shots and finished 15 of 55 (26.9%). Vado Morse scored 11 points, the only other JMU player in double figures.

Virginia: The Cavaliers played the final 36 minutes without Beekman and gave extensive minutes to freshman Isaac McKneely. Virginia will hope Beekman, its third-leading scorer and a primary ballhandler and defender, recovers in time for its showdown with No. 1 Houston on Dec. 17.

December 6, 2022


James Madison
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Offurum F 25 1-5 0-2 0-1 1-5 1 0 0 1 5 2
J. Amadi F 21 2-3 2-2 0-0 4-6 0 0 0 0 2 6
V. Morse G 30 3-10 2-2 3-7 1-2 3 0 1 2 1 11
T. Molson G 29 6-15 6-9 2-5 0-6 0 0 1 3 1 20
N. Freidel G 25 2-7 3-3 2-4 1-5 0 0 3 2 4 9
T. Ihenacho   18 0-2 0-0 0-2 2-5 1 1 1 3 1 0
A. Sule   18 0-2 0-0 0-0 2-5 0 0 0 0 1 0
J. Wooden   15 0-4 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 0 2 0
T. Edwards   13 1-7 0-0 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 2
X. Brown   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Totals   199 15-55
(.273)
13-18
(.722)
7-23
(.304)
13-41 5 1 8 12 21 50


Virginia
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Gardner F 32 5-7 4-8 0-0 2-8 0 2 2 1 2 14
K. Shedrick F 25 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-5 1 4 1 1 2 2
K. Clark G 39 5-11 6-12 2-5 0-2 7 0 1 3 1 18
A. Franklin G 26 3-8 0-0 2-5 0-3 2 0 1 1 4 8
R. Beekman G 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 2
I. McKneely   26 1-6 1-2 1-5 1-2 1 0 1 1 0 4
B. Vander Plas   26 1-4 1-2 0-3 0-5 1 0 0 2 2 3
R. Dunn   19 2-5 0-0 0-2 0-5 0 3 0 0 3 4
T. Murray   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 19-45
(.422)
12-24
(.500)
5-21
(.238)
3-33 14 10 6 9 14 55
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